Mozilla has added a new feature called Firefox View in the Beta, Developer, and Nightly versions of its browser. Allows you to view a list of recently accessed tabs.
Firefox Tab View – Tab capture and access to recently closed tabs
If you are using the latest Firefox test builds, you may have noticed a new button that appeared on the left edge toolbar. The button has the Firefox logo (similar to the Vivaldi and Opera menu buttons), click it, and a new tab will open, this is Firefox View.
Firefox View consists of 3 sections, the first of which is Tab Pickup. This section lists 3 recent tabs you have accessed on your other devices. Displays the tab title, favicon, URL (when you mouse over it), timestamp, and the name of the device you accessed it with. Right-clicking on a tab displays a context menu similar to that displayed when clicking on URLs. Aside from syncing across devices, this feature also pulls tabs from other versions of Firefox you might have from the same computer, in the case of Firefox Stable, Nightly, Dev, and Beta.
The next section, Recently Closed, as the name suggests, lists the tabs you’ve closed recently. This includes the tab title, link, favicon, and timestamp when the tab was closed. There is no option to hide specific closed tabs from the list, this might be a problem for some users. The Tab Pickup and Recently Closed sections can be collapsed by clicking the arrow button next to them.
Left click on a recently closed tab to restore it (opens in a new tab), this can be useful, especially if you closed a tab by mistake. I use the Undo Close Tab add-on for this very reason, but it’s nice to have a native option in the browser. But, the feature has a long way to go. Unlike tab capture, recently closed tabs are not synced between devices, i.e. it only lists the tabs you closed in the current browser. It doesn’t remember closed tabs from the previous session, so if you close some tabs and exit the browser, you will lose your tabs. The extension you mentioned is able to remember closed tabs across sessions.
Finally, Firefox View has a banner that lets you access Colorways. You can apply the theme with one click, switch between themes, and set the intensity level.
How to remove the Firefox View button
Not a fan of the extra button on the toolbar? You can remove the Firefox view button, to do this just right-click on it and select “Remove from toolbar”.
You can add it again at any time from the toolbar customization page. Or you can move it to the full list. You can also access the Firefox View tab directly from the address bar by typing about:firefoxview
I couldn’t find an option under Firefox Sync settings to change the way Firefox View works. I suppose it probably depends on the “Open Tabs” setting to sync active tabs between your devices.
There are a few preferences listed under Firefox’s view on the about:config page. For example, you can disable Firefox View by changing the value of browser.tabs.firefox-view from true to false.
Firefox View is somewhat similar to the new tab page on mobile browsers in Firefox, specifically the Go Back section and recently visited sites. Even the Firefox Sync menu contains a list of tabs you have open on other devices. However, the recently closed tabs section is probably what makes the new feature better than other apps. I’m surprised Mozilla didn’t choose to include it on the new tab page, but I think this is the best way to do it, without interfering with the existing experience.
What do you think of Firefox View?
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